CHARLOTTE — Stephon Gilmore has been to four Pro Bowls, and now he's going to a fifth as a member of his hometown team.
The Panthers cornerback was added to the Pro Bowl roster Sunday.
He'll join defensive end Brian Burns in Las Vegas for the all-star event, giving the Panthers a pair of representatives.
Gilmore played in eight games with the Panthers, after coming over in a midseason trade with New England.
He had two interceptions last season, both memorable in their own way.
The first was a game-clincher against the Falcons in his first game with the team, and he followed with one against the Patriots in his first home game.
The Rock Hill-native had talked about the value of being close to home (he kept an offseason home in Charlotte when he played in New England).
And being back in Bank of America Stadium was a big deal for a guy who grew up cheering for the Panthers, while starring at South Pointe High and the University of South Carolina.
The 31-year-old Gilmore's an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the team has said they'd like to bring him back, since he's so valuable as a mentor to young cornerbacks such as Jaycee Horn, CJ Henderson, and Keith Taylor Jr..
View select photos from the Panthers secondary in 2021, including Jeremy Chinn, Stephon Gilmore, Jaycee Horn, Donte Jackson and others.